Archive for January 9th, 2019

Proverbs 14:25-28

In Proverbs 14:25-28 Solomon returns to truth as a attribute that is powerful enough to save a life. This is true on an everyday life level, where truth brings light, blessing, and freedom. Where lies and false reports dominate, souls will be in darkness and bondage. This is also true on a spiritual or ministry level, where God will use a true witness to rescue souls. “A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful”. This is put in contrast with one who lies and is deceitful. Those who spread such lies and false reports fail to do the good of a true witness and they practice the evil of their lies. There is punishment that goes with lying, both on earth and from God above.

Solomon makes it clear that a healthy fear of God is important. One might think that fear always leads to a loss of confidence. But that isn’t how it works with the fear of the LORD. Our honor, reverence, and sense of awe towards Him moves us from self-confidence and towards strong confidence in God’s love and greatness. “In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge”. And that healthy fear extends well beyond its impact on us. It will be an impact in the lives of our children for generations to come. God always provides Himself as a refuge for His children when they fear Him.

Solomon continues on the theme of fearing the Lord. One also  might think that fear always leads to less life, not more. But that isn’t how it works with the fear of the LORD. Proper fear of the LORD is rooted in understanding who God is and who we are in relation to Him. That itself is like a fountain of life. It’s putting Him on the throne where He belongs, and us turning control over to the One who can truly deliver. “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death”. There are many additional benefits that come from a proper fear of the LORD, and of those is to have a greater measure of God’s watchful care and protection.

Earthly kings focus on the glory and strength useful and apparent in this world. With that focus, the more people the better. The great the multitude of people, the greater is the king’s honor. Their power varies with the size of their empire. “In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined”. Related to spiritual things, the principle of this proverb shows the weakness of a worldly, numbers based view of ministry. It is the worldly wisdom of kings to believe large crowds are the only real measure of success, it certainly is not how we should measure our work in ministry. In the spiritual realm, success is related to changing lives, not merely growing numbers.

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